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28
Feb

Snowy Days In Barcelona

Snowy days in barcelona

It´s a rare phenomenon to have snowfall in Barcelona, the Snow has appeared twice in February 2018. For Barcelona residents that are not accustomed to seeing snow, it unleashes an avalanche of comments on social networks. Barcelona’s population were very enthusiastic and took pictures of the snow that did not cover all of Barcelona. However, Barcelona’s authorities asked for the population to avoid the unnecessary displacements and to opt for the metro instead of cars.
This snow episode is due to the passage of the Siberian cold wave on the Cataluña territory that came from the east of Europe. This wave also affects the rest of the Europe with very low temperatures which dropped under 0 degrees. Despite these cold temperatures, the little snowflakes that fell from the sky will remains in Barcelona population’s memories and the fine white coat that covered some parts of Barcelona offered beautiful pictures and a great playground for the kids.
But we are far away from the last snow episode called “la gran Nevada” dating back to 2010 in Cataluña when most people were surprised not by the snow, but by the strong wind that has accompanied it, which totally paralyzed Barcelona for a few days. Although in the last few years there have been a few flakes in the city, you must go back a lot further to remember such a big snowfall.
Finally, if you, as tourists, have the chance to attend a snowfall, do not lose time, take out your cameras and try to get the most beautiful photos of Barcelona under the snowflakes because it doesn´t last for long.

07
Feb

BARCELONA IS A SAFE PLACE TO VISIT IF YOU KNOW HOW TO AVOID THE GENERAL CRIME ISSUE, PICKPOCKETS

The city of Barcelona is a magnificent and spectacular city because of its great and old architecture. Another major advantage of Barcelona city is the average annual temperature of 21.2 °C during the day and 15.1 °C at night. Both combined attracts a lot of tourism. Therefore, Barcelona is striking new records in the number of visitors every year. In the last year, those numbers estimated 32 million.

You can be assured that Barcelona is a safe place to visit. Aggression and violence in the Barcelona nightlife are rare. Both day and night police officers are patrolling on streets and in traffic. However, only certain areas are troublesome, like downtown, and the big touristic attractions.  Barcelona pickpockets are not violent, they are sneaky, quick and subtle. You might even not notice when you got robbed.

Here are 10 quick Barcelona safety tips:
1. Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket
2. Don’t put phones, cameras on table at cafes
3. Wear your rucksack on your front in touristy areas
4. Always keep bags on your lap at cafes/coffee bars
5. Be wary of any strangers approaching you or touching you
6. Don’t participate in street games like the three shell game
7. Be extra aware on beaches and in the metro
8. Be extra aware when watching street shows
9. Be extra aware on La Rambla, Sagrada Familia church, Sants station and in the metro
10. Be extra aware in hotel lobbies, at airport bus stops and airport transport

 

Source: Barcelonayellow

05
Feb

Rainy day ideas

 

We have some great ideas for you to pass the time in Barcelona on a rainy day.

Rain is not typical for Barcelona. The rainy season starts in March until April and then again from October onwards. Commonly it only rains for 1 or 2 days, but there are periods that can last for a few days. If it happens here are a few things you can do without getting wet.

Here are our ideas:

Play escape rooms – Prices start from 50 €.

Activities that you might find attractive are the escape rooms. If you like adventure puzzle and mystery, then you might consider trying the new trendy physical adventure game.

An escape room is an adventure game in a “locked” room. You and your friends (usually 2 to 6 persons) get “locked” in the escape room with a countdown usually of 1 hour. During that hour, as the clock counts down, your group has to complete the adventure objective by solving a number of clues, hints and using strategy in the room. Barcelona’s biggest escape room is G.point at Port Forum near.

 

Hop-on-hop-off bus tours – Prices start from 27 €.

The excitement of visiting Barcelona might be washed by a rainy day.  Joining a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, you can still enjoy Barcelona. While you are on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, you will enjoy seeing the fantastical sights of Barcelona such as the Sagrada Familia church and other modernist landmarks. Barcelona has two companies that offer bus tours, Barcelona Bus Turistica and Barcelona City Tours.

bus tour

 

 

Museums – Prices start from 5 €.

Museums can be a great place to visit in wet weather. The magic of the art and history will give you an unforgettable journey throw time. In Barcelona, you can find the Museum Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró features modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites. During the bus tour, you will also enjoy spending time inside the museums and many other spectacular attractions along the way.

 

Spas & wellness centers Barcelona – Prices start from 15 €.

Usually, people ignore the benefits of a relaxant massage for the stressed body lost in the day-by-day routine.  A relaxing massage for a few hours in a spa might be a great idea to spend time on a rainy day. If you are a novice, you might consider going to a normal laze massage in any spa. In case you want to experiment something unfamiliar, then find Barcelona’s only Arab spa and baths where you can enjoy a “wine bath”.

 

Shopping centers and malls

Shopping is the most favored choice for the part of the day when it is raining in Barcelona. Many excellent shopping malls and centers are counted in the area of Barcelona. A fun shopping center in Barcelona is Las Arenas on Plaza Espanya. The shopping mall is located in a former bullfighting ring. There you might find top brand shops and many restaurants.

shoping mall

Besides Las Arena, there are two big shopping malls at each end of the long avenue in Barcelona called Avenida Diagonal. At the top end, you can find L’illa Diagonal shopping mall which is perhaps the most exclusive mall in Barcelona and the Diagonal Mar shopping center a little off center down at the other end of Avenida Diagonal near the sea in the Diagonal Mar area of Barcelona.

 

Barcelona on a rainy day can be fun and you might see something interesting when you are familiar with uncommon activities that you probably had not planned at all to do while visiting Barcelona.

Source: Barcelonayellow

 

19
Jul

The issue of touristic licenses

Today economy has evolved a lot thanks (or because) of one company, Uber. The economy is uberized, which means anyone can be a cab driver, a food delivery but also a real estate agent.

As you may know, Barcelona is definitely one of the places to visit, not only in Europe but in the whole world. Hot weather, nice beach, people smiling and always in a good mood, cheap cost of living. All of those elements put together explain the huge amount of tourist coming to Barcelona thoughtout the year.

The number of tourisTourists forbidden in Barcelonat in Barcelona just exploded, it it went from 2,45 million in 1993 to nearly 9 millions in 2015. With over 8 millions people coming to visit the capital of Catalonia that is populated of 1,6 million of people, Barcelona is pretty much victim of its own success, so much that the Mayor of the city Ada Collau decided to freeze touristic licences, but the other reason was also in order to evaluate the number of people coming into Barcelona. A part of the population is unhappy about this effect of mass tourism, so much so that that some protesting occurred.

But before going any further, what is a touristic licence? It’s an permission that is delivered by the Mayor which allows the owner of a place to rent a housing to a tourist, then the owner is registered in “the official Registry of Tourism in Catalonia” , this way the owner will be able to rent fully his flat to someone for a period equal or inferior to 31 days to someone. We must really keep in mind that it’s the owner on which weights every responsabilities, the tenant has no power in the whole process. The tenant is exposing himself to important sanctions if he sub-leases the place or even a room to a tourist without the consent of the owner.

If the authorities catch an illegal rent, the owner is subject to a fine from 3,000€ to 600.000€.

A such negative feeling of tourist by Barcelonan people is animated by the behaviour of some tourists. Some behave very disrespectfully, throw trash in the street and moreover, they party and make noise all night long, which really disturb residents.

The mayor started freezing all those licence in april 2014, but for now, there is no discussion in order to give licences again. The only way to get around would be to make mid-term rentals, (1 to 11 months). If you’re looking for a mid or long term contract, feel free to contact us at : rebecca@rubybcn.com

31
May

Le marché immobilier en plein essor dans la deuxième ville d’Espagne, Barcelone.

Le marché immobilier en plein essor dans la deuxième ville d’Espagne, Barcelone.

 

Selon un rapport réalisé par le premier portail immobilier espagnol, Idealista.com, 50% de toutes les propriétés qui sont à vendre dans la ville sont vendus en moins de trois mois. Si une propriété a été mis sur le marché depuis plus d’un an, il est probable que l’acheteur ne la trouve pas.

Au cours du mois d’Avril de cette année, 15% des biens vendus à Barcelone avait seulement été en vente avec Idealista pendant moins de 30 jours. De même, 50,6% de tous les biens vendus en Avril avait trouvé un nouveau propriétaire dans les trois mois, et 87,3% en moins d’un an.

 

Les ventes immobilières sont extrêmement fluides maintenant dans les plus grandes villes du pays et la majorité des maisons sont vendues très rapidement. Si le vendeur est encore à essayer de trouver un acheteur après 12 mois, il aura probablement besoin de changer la tactique, en réduisant le prix de vente soit en apportant des modifications à la propriété elle-même ou en réduisant le prix de vente.

Certains districts de Barcelone sont évidemment plus populaires que d’autres, et les propriétés se vendent beaucoup plus rapidement dans ces zones. Par exemple, le plus grand nombre d’opérations en Avril a eu lieu dans le quartier de l’Eixample (22,8% de toutes les opérations), suivi de Sant Martí (16,5%), Horta Guinardó (13,9%) et Gràcia (11,4%).

Le reste de toutes les opérations ont été distribués entre les quartiers de Les Corts (8,9%), Ciutat Vella (7,6%), Sants Montjuic (6,3%), Sant Andreu (5,1%), Nou Barris et Sarrià Sant Gervasi (3,8%).

 

Prix de l’immobilier

En moyenne, les propriétés qui ont été vendus à Barcelone le mois dernier se sont vendus à environ € 324.689.

Un total de 27,8% des maisons achetées est allé pour 20% de plus que le prix moyen pour leur région ; 5,1% ont été vendus entre 10 et 20% de plus ; 32,9% des acheteurs ont payé le prix de vente moyen pour la zone; 12,7% payé moins que le prix moyen; et 21,5% a acheté la propriété à un très bonne affaire (plus de 20% de moins).

En regardant de plus près les chiffres, environ 60% des achats de biens immobiliers totaux à Barcelone pour Avril ont impliqué la vente de propriétés pour moins de 300.000 euros.

Seulement 5,1% ont une valeur de plus de 750.000 euros; 12,7% entre 500.000 et 750.000 euro; et 21,5% entre 300.000 et 500.000 euros.

 

Taille des biens

 

La taille moyenne des biens vendus dans la ville en Avril était de 93 mètres carrés. Environ 40% des propriétés étaient plus petites que cela. Seulement 17,7% des acheteurs ont choisi des propriétés mesurant plus de 120 mètres carrés.

Et, les propriétés les plus populaires sont ceux avec trois chambres à coucher (43%). Ils ont été suivis par quatre ou plusieurs maisons bedroomed (27,8%) et ceux avec deux chambres à coucher (19%). Seulement 2,5% des maisons achetées étaient des studios et 7,6% avaient une chambre seulement.

Source: Expatica

06
May

Dishwasher Maintenance and Repair Guide for Landlords

Dishwashers are such handy appliances that it’s hard for most people to imagine going without one for long. If your rental property includes a dishwasher, it’s a good idea to get familiar with some of the basic maintenance tasks associated with dishwashers so you can keep it working for many years.

Poor maintenance can lead to less than impressive performance and eventually some costly repairs. Learning about dishwasher upkeep, troubleshooting and the signs for when it’s time to call a repair service are just part of a landlord’s responsibilities to the tenant and to the property.

Dishwasher Maintenance

If your tenant calls you with a maintenance request involving the dishwasher, don’t call the repair service quite yet. The most common problem is that the dishwasher is not cleaning the dishes properly and that is easier to remedy than you might think. When your tenant starts complaining about the dishwasher’s performance, grab the appliance guide that came with it and head over to the rental to see if you can work it out on your own.

Here are 7 tips on troubleshooting a dishwasher that isn’t cleaning properly:

Tip 1: Review Proper Use

Problem: Dishwashers are wonderful and useful, but can’t work properly if they are not being used right or being run with the wrong kind of detergent. Dishwashers come with an array of settings, from short washes to high heat drying and everything in between. Your tenant may not know what setting is best to use, so consult the manual together for a tutorial. Also, many tenants are under the impression that putting food-caked dishes in a dishwasher won’t affect the quality of a dishwashing cycle, but of course that practice can be the source of poor results. Improper loading can also hinder the dishwasher’s effectiveness.

Solution: Talk with your tenant about proper loading for maximum results, and remind them that overcrowding dishes will hamper the water spray patterns in the dishwasher. Poor spraying will definitely prevent proper cleaning and require them to rewash the entire load. Ask them to make sure dishes are rinsed off before putting them in the dishwasher because food particles get spread around to other dishes and then harden on during drying. Proper loading, like facing dirty dishes toward the sprayer arms instead of away, make a big difference. Proper use of the dishwasher is often all it takes to ensure clean dishes and happy tenants.

Tip 2: Proper Detergent

Problem: Even if the dishwasher is working properly, using the wrong kind or amount of detergent can alter the outcome of the washing cycle. Too much liquid detergent can clog up the dishwasher and leave a film or residue on dishes. Also, not enough detergent will hinder the dishwasher from getting dishes clean.

Solution: In consumer tests, gels and liquid detergents don’t usually perform as well, while powder and tabs will give better results. Often, the manufacturer will give a recommendation for the type of detergent to useright in the appliance guide. Using a rinse aid is another way to ensure cleaner dishes every time.

Tip 3. Clean the Dishwasher Interior

Problem: Even homeowners often neglect to clean the inside of the dishwasher. After all, it gets a constant bath all the time, right? Actually, it’s quite easy for debris and particles to get stuck inside the dishwasher and coat and re-coat dishes as they break down over time. Unnoticed big items like pieces of glass or plastic can plug the filters and prevent proper drainage.

Solution: Remove the racks from the dishwasher and get a good look inside. Remove any large pieces of debris you can find. Clean the inside of the dishwasher with a vinegar-water mixture and scrub up any hard water scales with a vinegar and baking soda paste. Rinse clean before the next use. Many experts recommend running an empty load with a citrus cleaner or a few scoops of the drink mix Tang. The citric properties help get rid of hard water buildup and clean out the system.

Tip 4: Clean the Seals and Soap Cup

Problem: Every dishwasher is fitted with rubber seals to keep water inside the unit. Over time, the seals can become thick with gunk and fail to seal properly. Also, soap residue can build up inside the soap cup and contribute to problems with dishwasher performance.

Solution: Use a small soft-bristle brush to scrub the rubber seals around the dishwasher door. Be sure to get in between the folds of the seal where dirt and grime is most likely to hide. Really focus on the space between the bottom of the door and the dishwasher tub, where some of the worst buildup can occur. Use the same brush to clean the soap dispenser cup and door, plus any other small features on the inside of the door. Rinse with clean water and wipe up any leftover residue.

Tip 5: Clean and/or Replace Filters

Problem: Dishwashers have two filters, one large and one small (or coarse and fine). Filters are designed to catch food bits and other debris, and they get dirty or blocked very quickly. Sometimes the dishwasher filters develop holes or warp so that they aren’t doing the best job of trapping debris. If the filter is not working properly, like a piece has broken off, a screen has a hole, the plastic is warped or it just doesn’t fit right anymore, it could definitely affect the performance of the dishwashing cycle.

Solution: Use the information on the appliance manual to correctly take out the filter or filters and empty them of any debris (some models don’t have a removable large filter). Unless you or the tenant have been doing this every month or so, you will probably be surprised at the amount of gunk there. Clean them with hot water and a soft scrub brush, then replace. If the filter is warped or has a hole or tear in it, find the part number for the filter that is damaged in the manual. Then, call the company or your local appliance repair store to order a new one. The cost for a replacement filter will be significantly less than it would be for a repair person to do it and then come and install it.

Tip 6: Remove and Unclog Spray Arms

Problem: The sprayers on the top and bottom of the dishwasher can easily become plugged up, keeping clean water from reaching the dishes during a cycle. Especially with hard water, a clogged spray arm can turn a good dishwasher into a problem.

Solution: Use the appliance guide to take the sprayer arms out of the dishwasher for a closer inspection. Use a flexible wire, a pipe cleaner or eyeglass screwdriver to clear away any gunk in the holes on the sprayer arms. Don’t use a toothpick or similar tool because they can break off and get lodged inside the sprayer arm. Push inside to where you can’t see a few times to ensure the water has a clear path to exit the arm. Then, soak the sprayer arm in white vinegar or other hard water remover solution to further eliminate buildup. Rinse with clear water and replace back in the dishwasher.

Tip 7: Repair Dish Racks

Problem: The dishwasher racks are metal coated with plastic. After a while, the plastic can wear down and expose the metal. When the metal is exposed to cycle after cycle of warm water, it can begin to corrode, leaving a fine residue over all the dishes. As you inspect the dishwasher, check the racks for any exposed metal, which could be the culprit for a poorly performing dishwasher.

Solution: Most hardware and home improvement stores carry tine tips, which are small rubber or plastic end caps that completely cover exposed metal on the tips of the racks. There is also commercial paint/sealant available that can cover up exposed metal and prevent further problems. If the dishwasher rack is well beyond a few touchups, get the appliance guide and order a new rack from the manufacturer. Remember, you can also order all kinds of dishwasher parts like soap dish doors, rack wheel and more and save yourself money by avoiding a service call.

When to Call A Dishwasher Repair Service

Sometimes, there are clear signs that the problem with the dishwasher is beyond your capabilities and requires the services of a dishwasher/appliance repair company. If the problem that your tenant describes is something beyond unclean dishes, you may need to schedule an appointment to get the dishwasher serviced.

Here are the top 7 things that most likely indicate that it is time to contact a dishwasher repair specialist:

1. Low water temperature

Dishwashers should always have hot water to clean dishes, so if you or the tenant notices that the water is lukewarm or cool immediately after a cycle, that signals a problem with the unit. Another way to check temperature is that the dishes should feel warm to hot right after a cycle has finished up.

2. No water

If you or the tenant aren’t hearing water whoosh through the dishwasher during a cycle, or you only hear faint trickles, that’s a big problem and should get attention as soon as possible.

3. Water isn’t draining

If you or the tenant see water pooling at the bottom of the dishwasher, there is certainly trouble with the inner workings. While it is possible to have pooled water if the cycle has been inadvertently interrupted, if the cycle is complete and there is still water on the bottom, you’ll need professional help.

4. Irregular noises or burning smell

Dishwashers aren’t the quietest of appliances, but if you or the tenant hear anything outside the gentle motor sounds and rushing water, it’s time to make that call to the repair service. Grinding, clicking and other mechanical sounds are a big red flag for dishwashers. A burning smell may just be something plastic falling against the heating coils inside the dishwasher, but if there’s nothing there and you and the tenant still smell burning when the unit is running, stop it immediately and call.

5. Broken door lock

A dishwasher is no good if the door cannot be secured shut. Broken latches or jammed elements of the latch can render an otherwise perfectly functioning dishwasher completely unusable.

6. Cracks in the interior lining

While it doesn’t happen often, dishwashers can develop cracks in the interior lining, which can cause all kinds of trouble with keeping the water sealed inside. Cracks can also indicate other problems that only a professional can remedy.

7. Rust or mold

A working dishwasher should drain and vent properly, leaving no room for rust or mold. If you or your tenant notices either rust or mold inside the dishwasher, there’s a problem with the unit and time to schedule an appointment.

If you must call a repair service, look for a company with a good reputation and can handle your particular brand and model. Because a dishwasher isn’t a mandatory appliance to have when it comes to habitability for the tenant, you can schedule the repair for a time that is convenient for you and the tenant. Unless there is water leaking everywhere, most repair services will have available appointments anywhere from one to five days out.

A dishwasher is a valuable amenity for tenants and by working together on maintenance and care, you and your tenant can ensure many years of good, solid washing cycles and very little downtime.

Source: RentPrep

04
May

BARCELONA: Rental home shortage pushes up letting prices, but city still cheap by international standards

A recent article in the Spanish daily El Periodico takes a look at the rental market in Barcelona, where rents are rising but are still remarkably cheap by international standards.

What are the factors driving up residential rental prices in Barcelona, where they rose the most in all Spain last year, asks Carlos Márquez, writing in the Spanish daily El Periódico in an article ‘Barcelona, ciudad sin pisos (de alquiler)’ – or in English ‘Barcelona, city without flats (for rent)’.

Average rents in Barcelona rose 6.7% last year, from 688 €/month to 735 €/month, though that still leaves them 10% below the boom-time high of 813 €/month hit in 2008.

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BARCELONA’S HOUSING STOCK

Márquez digs into the statistics of Barcelona’s housing stock to help us understand the supply side. Barcelona city has 811,106 homes in total, of which 655,175 are classified as first homes for a population of 1.6 million. But 200,000 homes have only one occupant, whilst 192,000 have two occupants. That implies 79% of main homes have three occupants at most, he explains.

Also making demands on the city’s house stock are 9.600 legal tourist flats, and many more illegal ones, whilst the number of hotels has gone up from 236 in 2007 to 380 today (a 60% increase), which also reduces the supply of homes.

So the housing stock of main homes is sparsely populated, whilst tourism is placing rising demands on the city’s capacity to offer accommodation, putting pressure on the supply.

Barcelona can’t build its way out of a growing supply crunch. In the city’s 100 km2 surface area there are 21% more homes than in 1981, but no room for more, explains Márquez. “Thanks to orographic boundaries and the lack of land, there is not much margin for creating new housing, especially in the most sought-after areas,” he writes.

SHORTAGE OF HOMES FOR RENT

Rents are rising with demand, but most of all because of a shortage of homes for rent, say local Barcelona property market experts consulted by Márquez. “We are getting many fewer [flats to rent] than before,” says Guifré Homedes. Just a year ago it took on average two and a half months to find a tenant, now that is down to 60 days. “Our problem is supply, not demand,” he says.

ANALYSIS OF RENTAL PROPERTY ‘TIME ON MARKET’

Márquez analysed data from the Spanish property portal Idealista.com to show how the Barcelona rental market is heating up.
> 20% of flats listed for rent in Barcelona are taken within 24 hours, up from 9% a year ago.
> 44% are taken within a week, up from 32% last year.
> 78% are gone within a month, up from 70%.
> Eixample, Ciutat Vella and Sant Martí are the areas where flats for rent spend the least time on the market.

BARCELONA CHEAP BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

The article also gives us data comparing average rental prices in Barcelona with other leading cities around the world. Despite rents rising the most in Spain last year, there’s no denying that Barcelona still looks like a cheap place to rent a home by international standards. Average rents are less than half Paris, less than a third of London, and less than one fifth of New York. Barcelona is also significantly cheaper than Madrid.

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If Barcelona rents are cheap by international standards, that begs the question how long will they remain so with a growing shortage of homes for rent and rising demand, especially foreign demand? Many estate agents in the city report that foreign demand for property in Barcelona, both rental and purchase, has been growing significantly in recent years.

“It could be that we end up importing the model of cities like Paris and London, where the centre is occupied by businesses and tourists and many residents live in the suburbs or dormitory towns,” muses Homedes.

RENTAL PRICES BY DISTRICT
The map below shows the average rental price in each of Barcelona’s 10 city districts. For a detailed graphical analysis of rental prices by district in Barcelona (in Spanish) click here.

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Source: Spanish Property Insight

03
May

City stops rental Airbnb to protect affordable housing

Since a short time of notice, Barcelona’s tourism industry has been recognized as out of control for some time, and when Mayor Ada Colau entered office this June, she did so promising to crack down on its excesses. Airbnb possesses a big role in this subject. Since the start of Airbnb the demand and supply of holiday rentals has been increased. Therefore, measures will be taken within a short time. This already happend in Berlin. What does this mean for Barcelona and Airbnb?

Berlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and its competitors in an attempt to protect affordable housing.

With the help of large fines, the German city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply and keep rents as low as possible.

After the success of the various online rental portals, the number of properties available for long-term rental periods had fallen markedly

But from 1 May, the new law entitled “Zweckentfremdungsverbot” bans the short-term let of entire apartments to tourists without a city permit.

Since the mayor of Barcelona has promised to crack down on its excesses, the future of Airbnb may not be as bright in Barcelona. Barcelona is given out big fines to apartments without a tourist license and to companies for their illegal offering.

Meaning, Airbnb may be illegal very soon in Barcelona. Since Barcelona is very busy in decreasing rental of illegal tourist flats, the idea of Berlin will be a motivation for Barcelona to do this as well.

Source: Independent & Citylab

26
Apr

Two day metro strike causes commuter chaos in Barcelona

Metro workers in Barcelona are striking on Tuesday, causing disruption to travel for thousands of commuters.

Commuters in Barcelona were expecting delays on Tuesday as metro workers called a two day strike that is set to hit travellers particularly hard during rush hour.

Only 50 percent of trains will be running during rush hour in the city – from 8am to 10am and from 5.45pm to 8pm and 30 percent of trains will be running between 8pm and 9pm.

The strike comes at a particularly awkward time; the city is currently playing host to the Alimentaria food trade fair – many attendees could be affected by the transport strike.

Fira de Barcelona, where the trade fair is taking place, is running extra buses from the city’s main hotels and has made available more parking spaces for people attending the fair.

Metro workers staged a similar strike during February’s Mobile World Congress trade fair, which took place in the city.

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Metropolitan Transport Barcelona (TMB) has advised people to take alternative modes of transport if necessary.

Workers will strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, when transport officials estimate that only one in three trains will be running for much of the day.

TMB has also announced that the strike could affect the Montjuïc cable car, a popular tourist attraction that is run by the city’s metro.

Source: The Local

25
Apr

What is Equity Tax and what should Barcelona tenants be aware of

The Spanish government has announced a number of important changes to the Spanish income tax rules. Therefore here an explanation of the new rules of taxation and what the effect is for tenants. 

  1. Transmissions and real rights on urban properties:
    – 10%, accrued taxable events from August 1, 2013.
    – 8% between 1 July 2010 and 31 July 2013.
     
  2. Transmissions and real rights over officially protected homes:
    – 7%.
  3. Transmissions and real rights on rural property:
    – 10%, accrued taxable events from August 1, 2013.
    – 8% between 1 July 2010 and 31 July 2013.
  4. Transfers of securities and subscription rights of Article 108 of Law 24/1998, the stock market:
    – 10% for taxable events accrued from August 1, 2013.
    – 8% between 1 July 2010 and 31 July 2013.
  5. Transfer of a property that has to be the residence of a large family:
    – 5.00%.

Requirements to apply the reduced rates:

  • The taxpayer must be a member of a large family. A large family that is composed out of three or more children, or one that has two children and at least one of them has been diminished or is incapacitated for work.
  • The sum of the total taxable income, minus personal minimums and family members of the household on the income tax of individuals must not exceed 30,000 euros. This amount must be increased by 12,000 euros for each child exceeds the number of children that the law requires to have the status of large family.6. Transfer of a property that has to be the residence of a young:
    – 5.00%.

Requirements to enjoy the reduced rate:

  • The taxpayer must be 32 years or less.
  • Your total taxable income, minus the personal and family minimum, in its latest tax return on income of individuals can not exceed 30,000 euros.7. Transfer of a property that has to be the residence of a person with      physical, mental or sensory decrease: 5.00%.Requirements to enjoy the reduced rate:
  • The degree of disability must be equal or greater than 65%.
  • The sum of the total taxable income, minus personal minimums and family members of the household for the purposes of income tax of individuals can not exceed 30,000 euros.
  • The fact must attend handicap the taxpayer or any member of your household.
  • You have to prove the alleged disability and their degree with a certificate of ICASS. It also has to produce documents describing the income of the household.

8. Transmissions and movable real rights, except means of transport:
– 4.00%

9. Means of transport:
– 5%

10. Administrative concessions:
– 4.00%

11. Security rights, pensions, bonds, loans and obligations and conditions                      subsequent: 1.00%

Leases of urban or rural properties:

  • For taxable from 1 January 2015 made 0.50%
  • From January 31, 2014 to December 31, 2014: 0.30%
  • Until January 30, 2014:
Base en euros
Euros
Hasta 30,05   0,09
De 30,06………. a…………. 60,10   0,18
De 60,11………. a…………120,20   0,39
De 120,21…….. a…………240,40   0,78
De 240,41………a…………480,81   1,68
De 480,82………a…………961,62    3,37
De 961,63…….. a ……..1.923,24    7,21
De 1.923,25….. a…….. 3.846,48  14,42
De 3.846,49.. a……….. 7.692,95  30,77

De 7.692,96 en adelante, 0,024040 euros por cada 6,01 o fracción.

Tenants should be aware of the following:

  •   The general flat rate will decrease from 24.75% to 24% from 2015 onwards, and to 19% if the taxpayer is a resident of an EU Member State or of a European Economic Area country.
  •   A 60% reduction on the net rental income will only apply in respect of positive net rental income, and the 100% reduction in respect of tenants under 30 years old is eliminated.

Source: Generalitat de Catalunya & EY